How Long to Lose 20, 30, 40 or More Pounds

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Body Requires More Time to Downsize Than Upsize

One of the greatest concerns that the pre-dieter has is, "How much time is it going to take to lose these 20 unwanted pounds? Or, these 30 or more pounds?"

The answer can have a good guesstimate applied but nothing is ever set in stone where body weight is concerned. Numerous factors enter into the equation. Let's start with the current size of the body.

Height, Bone Density, Body Skeleton Frame Size

Individuals who have a large body frame and who are of average height or taller tend to lose pounds much faster than smaller framed individuals with smaller body frames.

While 6'6" Dave can drop twenty pounds in less than three weeks, it might take 5'0" Diana three months to lose the same amount.

Fact is, because Dave's body requires more calories for functioning he has a larger window to work with.

Current Body Weight Influences Amount of Time Required to Lose Pounds

The amount that an individual currently weighs also governs the length of time required to lose. The heavier or more overweight or obese that an individual might be, the quicker the rate of fat loss.

This is because they have the ability to trim more calories [energy values found in food and drink] from their daily eating plan. As those layers of fat decrease over time, the rate of loss will also decrease as there are fewer and fewer energy values to trim.

Activity Influences Rate of Weight Loss

Because of so much media attention, almost everyone realizes that exercise is a valuable tool for losing unwanted fat. The amount lost will depend upon the type of activity that is embraced.

For example, a 150 pound individual will burn about 54 calories when playing Frisbee during a 15 minute period. If they climb stairs for 15 minutes, they will burn three times that amount. In addition, the weather also has an influence upon the amount of energy burned. The body tends to burn more amid cold weather than warm - and more amid very hot weather than during warm.

Age Matters & Impacts Time Necessary to Lose Pounds

We-Americans appear to have issues with growing old gracefully. We use special products to rid wrinkles and tighten skin. We go through painful and risky surgical procedures in order to look younger.

But unfortunately, age matters where body weight is involved. While a 70 year old woman may look 39 and holding on the exterior, the interior mirrors the impact and effects of the ageing body.

One side-effect of ageing that almost all ageing individuals notice is a decrease in metabolic rate.

Even when the individual exercises and eats and drinks the most healthiest of foods, their ageing body simply can't process energy as it did in their youthful years - whether they are inputting or outputting the energy.

Therefore, the ageing individual will lose pounds more slowly than a younger person who has the same amount to lose.

Daily Diet is an Influencing Factor

This is the greatest influencing factor where body weight is concerned. We are indeed, what we eat and drink. In fact, when certain essential vitamins and minerals are missing from our eating plan, fat loss becomes stalled - and is often mistaken for the formidable Weight Loss Plateau.

The chain reaction in the human body is much like a set of dominoes that are stacks closely together. When the first domino is touched, it sets off the chair reaction. They same applies with the body; that first bite of food after waking from a night's rest sets the metabolic rate into action. You can read more about the metabolic rate here: The Human Body's Metabolic Rate

Balancing Activity With Relaxation Matters to Ridding Pounds

While exercise is essential to a healthy body, there must be a span of relaxation in order to balance the physical equation.

In Summary

Losing 20 pounds can take as little as 3 weeks or as much as several months.

To speed rate of pounds lost, embrace a healthy diet and moderate exercise.

A healthy eating plan is vital for rapid fat loss.

Several factors influence the rate that fat is used by the body including age, height, ethnicity, current metabolic rate, temperature, current weight as well as current state of health.

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